I Strongly Disagree With Marc Ecko, Goody Mortimer

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I have made my argument at least once before but let me reiterate it once again: the Baseball hall of fame is a gigantic sham. The latest reason for my antipathy is this whole asterisk-being-branded-on-Barry-Bonds'-historic-home-run-ball business. Says MLB.com:

(hall of fame vice president Jeff) Idelson has discussed acquiring the ball from Marc Ecko, the hip-hop clothing mogul who purchased it at auction last September for $752,467. When Ecko relinquishes the ball to Cooperstown, Idelson said that it will be displayed with the asterisk that was affixed to it. The red mark reflects the wishes of respondents to an Internet poll who wanted some acknowledgement of Bonds' alleged steroid use.
"The asterisk doesn't implicate Barry," Idelson said. "It's purely a part of the story of how it ended up in Cooperstown. You let the visitor determine how they feel and make their own value judgment. We would never suggest how they value or judge things."

Allow me to re-jigger that quote using a touchstone of American literature:

"The scarlet letter doesn't implicate Prynne," Idelson said. "It's purely a part of the story of how she ended up with a baby out of wedlock. You let the villager determine how they feel and make their own value judgment. We would never suggest how they value or judge things."

See what I did there? Barry Bonds is Hester Prynne! He's not necessarily the most innocent of characters, but for people to focus all their blame on one human being and tarnish someone's reputation with a physical red mark, we're forgetting that there are serious allegations against society as whole in this matter. (Yes, even against baseball officials and the press.) Folks, steroid, HGH, and amphetamine uses were absolutely a part of the culture of baseball for YEARS. This wasn't isolated. Everyone, from Bud Selig all the way down to the peanut vendors, is an accomplice....perhaps we should just brand Selig on the forehead with an asterisk....or a dollar sign.


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6 Comments

Arthur Digby Sellers wrote the bulk of the series, Branded.

Also, I think this is a stupid, stupid, stupid idea... but damned if the HoF isn't the coolest place in the whole country.

I was hoping your analogy would extend to Demi Moore's tits.

Bravo, sir, bravo.

Damn right its a sham! Its not even a hall! Its a building! It should be a Building of Fame!

(insert airline food joke)

I knew something was up when that peanut vendor's sales went up 25%.

I mean, they're cheaper on the outside!

Well said. I might have said that. You must be smart.

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